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BizTalk Anti Pattern – 5 minutes on the lips a lifetime on the hips
Name: 5 minutes on the lips a lifetime on the hips Description: I wish I had a pound for every time a work around is implemented in a BizTalk solution to make up for some issue with an application your trying to integrate with. This is often referred to as technical or architectural debt. One of the good things about BizTalk is that as an integration platform it has a number of way that this "dirty" side to integration can still be managed effectively but one of the problems customers often have ......

Posted On Thursday, July 26, 2012 5:52 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ BizTalk Patterns and Anti Patterns ]

BizTalk Anti-Pattern: Chuck it in the config file because its an easy place to put it
Name:Don't automatically shove your config in BTSNTSVC.exe.config because its easy? Description:I wrote a blog post a few years ago around the options for where you could put configuration settings in BizTalk (Click here). As I mention in the blog post its very common that people just fill the BizTalk config file with lots of settings because its the easiest option. I often work on big projects where you have many BizTalk projects running at the same time with different delivery deadlines. One of ......

Posted On Friday, May 4, 2012 10:33 AM | Comments (3) | Filed Under [ BizTalk Patterns and Anti Patterns ]

BizTalk Anti Pattern – Don’t over complicate your maps
Name: Don't over complicate your map Description: I was recently looking at a BizTalk map which had a bug in it and one of the things that I notices was that the developer had strung together a number of functoids to do some logic in the map. We were talking about 12 functoids being used to workout which value should be in the output field. I think sometimes developers are a little frightened to drop into .net code feeling that it is perhaps not the BizTalk way. In this case the logic could have ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 24, 2012 10:27 AM | Comments (1) | Filed Under [ BizTalk Patterns and Anti Patterns ]

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